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Blog - The Views Expressed January 31
Image: Scott Lewis/Flickr
Keira Kang | Racialized Canadians, women and Indigenous peoples have limited access to economic development in the labour force. The federal government's just transition policies must address these inequalities.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Premier Jason Kenney with his "blue ribbon" panel in May 2019. From left to right: retired business professor and former politician Mike Percy, banker Dave Mowat, Finance Minister Travis Toews, chair Janice MacKinnon, Premier Jason Kenney, former B.C. deputy minister Kim Henderson, senior Alberta civil servant Jay Ramotar, and economist and Fraser Institute associate Bev Dahlby. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | A freedom of information filing by the Alberta Federation of Labour revealed that UCP staffers wrote speaking notes and a newspaper column for the head of Alberta's so-called "blue ribbon panel."
Blog - A change is gonna come January 30
Cast of Les Invisibles. Image: Art Gallery of Hamilton/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | If you didn't make it to the most recent screening at the beautiful Westdale Theatre in Hamilton, you can still see some great films over the coming months.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 29
Image: Pxfuel
Brent Patterson | At rabble, you can come not only to read the stories from the frontlines of change, but also to connect with like-minded readers across the country.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 29
Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Support for TMX outside the Prairies has dropped since Kenney scrapped Rachel Notley's "social license" strategy. The UCP government's hostile approach is driving away support for the project.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 28
UN climate talks failed to muster a consensus on real climate action last December. Image: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/Flickr
Ed Finn | Capitalism is incompatible with a clean climate. Governments all over the world must make transformative social and economic changes to prevent global climate catastrophe.
Blog - David Suzuki January 28
E-bus use is expanding across North America. Image: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York/Flickr
David Suzuki | The emissions-reduction benefits of e-buses are considerable. Even in provinces like Alberta, where power is generated mostly by burning fossil fuels, electric buses stack up well against diesel.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Peter MacKay shakes hands with outgoing Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Liberal strategists likely fear a return of Jason Kenney to federal politics more than Peter MacKay winning the Conservative party leadership race.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor January 27
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Image: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland/Flickr
John Miller | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lost his cool, and tried to blame NPR. The exchange is proof of why we need journalists who doggedly pursue the truth.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 27
Unisto't'en camp calls for legal observers. Image: Peace Brigades Canada/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Lawyers raise concerns about restricted access to Wet'suwet'en territory hindering the ability to train legal observers to document human rights abuses by the RCMP.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Coronavirus. Image: Centers for Disease Control/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The start of a global coronavirus outbreak probably isn't the best moment for a high-risk ideological experiment in health-care management, but don't expect conservatives to care.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 24
Image: Christoph Scholz/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | There is a lot of fake news spread via social media. Here is some advice about how to defend against it.
Blog - Taking Sides January 24
Journalist documenting events at Independence Square, Ukraine. Image: Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons
Lorenzo Vargas | At this time of global anxiety, it is important for journalists everywhere to remember the lessons of the poor and often biased coverage of the Iraq War 16 years ago.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 24
Image: John Englart/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Just like social activism, we need a wide network of community support to keep the activist toolkit running. Are you among them?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 23
Image: Jeff Callaway/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Soon we will find out if breaking the law is illegal in Alberta.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 22
Matthew DiMera | We are thrilled to report back to you that rabble's Pro Bono column on medically assisted death in Canada took home the award for Media: Best Blog/Column.
Blog - David Suzuki January 21
Climate crisis. Image: Joe Brusky/Flickr
David Suzuki | We've frittered away two of the 12 years we have to halve our greenhouse gas emissions. Where is the daily discussion about concrete ways to reduce them?
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 21
Overcrowded respite site showing cots close together. Image: Provided by Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | The homelessness emergency and shelter overcrowding demonstrate lessons have not been learned since the 2003 SARS outbreak.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 21
Progress Alberta director Duncan Kinney. Image: Dave Cournoyer, used with permission
David J. Climenhaga | A small activist organization is challenging the UCP government's so-called inquiry into "anti-Alberta campaigns." If the Alberta government is a Goliath, Progress Alberta is certainly David.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
The University of Alberta's Central Academic Building
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's government adores regulations intended to harass people and organizations they don't like, for example, the University of Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 17
Manning Centre founder and former Reform party leader Preston Manning. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | File under unsolved political mysteries: career changes by Stephen Harper, Preston Manning and Andrew Weaver. Whatever can they mean?
Blog - Brent Patterson January 17
Land defenders at Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory. Image: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Forty per cent of the human rights defenders killed in 2019 were working on land rights, Indigenous peoples' rights and environmental rights.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 16
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Sollok29
Duncan Cameron | At rabble, we know that without independent media, debate is distorted, issues are ignored, and injustices are overlooked.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Premier Jason Kenney speaks to media. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta legislature returns on February 25 amid disappearing jobs and sour economic indicators. Can Alberta survive another spring of renewal like the last one?
Blog - David Suzuki January 15
Image: i threw a guitar at him/Flickr
David Suzuki | As landscapes and our approaches to conserving them shift, so too must our social systems. Climate justice and social justice are intricately linked.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 15
Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Sheryl Nestel | The NDP leader's recent remarks signal another alarming backslide when it comes to standing up for the Palestinian people.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 14
Mass strikes and protests in France over pension reform. Image: Jeanne Menjoulet/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Why is there an almost total blackout of news about the general strike in France in Canadian media?
Blog - Raluca Bejan January 14
Image: Hossein Mersadi/Wikimedia Commons
Raluca Bejan | Canada's approach to immigration has made the crash less about those who died and more about Canada. Canada, not the victims and their families, is portrayed as having suffered the real loss.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 14
Image: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory/Facebook
Brent Patterson | It is essential that Canada uphold its constitutional and international human rights obligations to the Wet'suwet'en Nation.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 14
Image: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Ways to build the peace movement and support real change.

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